If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Office of Admissions:

New York School of Interior Design
Office of Admissions
170 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
212-472-1500, ext. 205


1. Application
To be considered for admission, please submit an application for admission. Once the application is received and processed, you will receive an e-mail with log-in information for the NYSID Portal so you can track your admission status.

2. Application Fee
You must submit a nonrefundable application fee of $60 for domestic students or $100 for international students. This fee can be paid via credit card on the website or submitted via check to the Admissions Office (see mailing address above). Cash payments are not accepted.

3. Essay
Applicants must submit a typed personal statement, roughly one page in length, describing their reasons for applying to NYSID. This can be e-mailed to  admissions@nysid.edu or mailed to the Admissions Office (see mailing address above). Please be sure to include your name on the essay.

4. Letters of Recommendation
All applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation. Letters typically come from, but are not limited to, teachers, employers, design professionals, or counselors. Recommendation letters must come directly from the individual either via postal mail or email.  Recommendation letters can be emailed to admissions@nysid.edu.

5. SAT/ACT Scores
Applicants who have graduated from a U.S. high school within the past five years must submit results from either the SAT test (CEEB code 0333) or the ACT test (ACT, code 2829).

Applicants who have successfully completed 45 or more credits at an accredited college or university are not required to submit test scores.

6. Official Transcript(s)
The transcript that will be required as part of your application is based on the highest level of degree you have completed so far:

Current High School Senior or High School Graduate
An official transcript that indicates graduation from an accredited high school, including a graduation date is required for admission. If you are currently enrolled in high school, submitting an “in progress” transcript at the time of application is required.

Transcripts must be received directly from the school to count as official. Some schools have the ability to submit official transcripts electronically. The school can submit the transcripts to admissions@nysid.edu. If the school is submitting paper transcripts, they must be received by NYSID in a signed, sealed envelope.

Applicants who have obtained a general education diploma (GED) must submit an official passing scores.

Transfer student (some college completed) or College Graduate

Applicants who have previously attended other colleges or universities must submit official transcripts from all schools attended. Transcripts must be received directly from the school to count as official. Some schools have the ability to submit official transcripts electronically. The school can submit the transcripts to admissons@nysid.edu. If the school is submitting paper transcripts, they must be received by NYSID in a signed, sealed envelope. See top of page for mailing address.

Applicants who have obtained a college degree are not required to submit their high school transcript. Applicants who have completed some college, but have not earned a degree are required to submit high school transcripts in addition to transcripts from all colleges attended.

International Transcripts: Applicants who have completed their education-high school (secondary) or college (post-secondary) - in a foreign country must submit an evaluation of their foreign transcripts by World Educational Service, or WES (www.wes.org).

The WES evaluation is required instead of any transcripts from outside of the United States, regardless of the language of instruction.  The WES evaluation will translate the student’s academic credentials into English and convert their marks into the United States grading scale.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide all high school and/or college academic records to WES for a course-by-course credential evaluation.  This is necessary to determine admissibility and to assess any possible transfer credits.

7. Portfolio
Portfolio requirements differ depending on which program you applied into:

  • Basic Interior Design (BID) certificate program: no portfolio is required for admission.

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA): a portfolio of 10 to 15 pieces is required. The portfolio should be fine-art based using a variety of media and may consist of still life compositions, sculptures, landscapes, portraits, figure studies, and/or renderings of interior spaces. Good use of color, proportion and perspective should be evident.

 Applicants who wish to submit their portfolio online should:

•    Visit www.DropBox.com 
•    Download your portfolio into a Dropbox folder
•    Hover your mouse over the folder with your portfolio
•    Click once on the ‘share’ button on the right
•    Select ‘create link’, then select ‘copy link’
•    Copy and paste link to e-mail and send to portfolios@nysid.edu(please do not "share" the folder).

Applicants who do not want to use Dropbox can submit their portfolio via PDF images on USB or in prints/books. Portfolios cannot be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided. Please do not send original artwork to NYSID, digital images of your work are preferred.

An email with attached images of portfolio work cannot be accepted.

8. Proof of English Proficiency
All applicants whose primary language is not English are required to show proof of English proficiency. This proficiency can be shown in several ways:

  • An official score on the Test of English as Foreign language (TOEFL). The minimum score is 79 on the internet-based test or 213 on the computer- based test. The NYSID TOEFL code is 9185.

  • An official score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score is 6.5.

  • Completing English composition course(s) at an accredited institution in a country where English is the primary language can be used to show proficiency. High School students can show one year of regular high school level English courses. College students can show one semester of regular college level English. The final grade in these courses must be a “C” or higher in the American grading scale. Remedial courses or courses taken in English as a second language (ESL) programs cannot be considered.

  • Completing level 112 at an ELS language center and submitting an official certificate-of-completion. For more information please visit www.els.edu.

 If the applicant submits multiple transcripts, test scores, etc. to prove English proficiency, the most recently completed course, test, etc. will be used as proof of current level of English proficiency.

Undergraduate Admission

Policies, Filing Dates and Notifications
An application for admission cannot be reviewed until all above-mentioned items are received.

The admissions committee reserves the right to request additional information at any point in the application process.

While applications are accepted on a rolling basis, it is recommended that all application materials are received by February 1st for the fall semester and October 1st for the spring semester. Students applying for admission after the recommended dates cannot be guaranteed full-time status.

Applicants are notified of the admission decisions by mail. Decisions are also posted on the NYSID Portal.

Enrollment Deposit
Students accepted into an undergraduate program must submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $350 in order to secure their place in the program. Enrollment deposits are processed in the order in which they are received so long as space remains available.

Change of Academic Program 
The undergraduate programs at NYSID are designed to “build on” each other: credits earned in lower-level undergraduate programs are transferable into higher-level programs. Many students begin in the BID program, then continue their studies by moving into the AAS or BFA program (students may also start in the AAS and move into the BFA). Students accepted into one undergraduate program wishing to transfer to another undergraduate program must complete a Change-of-Academic Program form and submit a portfolio of class work for evaluation. Students must fulfill current admission requirements for the higher level of study and be in good academic standing to be considered for the new program.

Matriculated students who leave NYSID for a year or more are required to apply for readmission. Readmitted students must satisfy all degree requirements current at the time of readmission. Students who have attended other schools during their absence from NYSID must submit official transcripts. Course descriptions and samples of work produced may also be required for transfer-credit evaluation.

Deferring Admission
Deferrals of enrollment are not commonly permitted at NYSID. Requests are reviewed by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis and granted only for very compelling reasons, not to include occupational or financial circumstances. In order to request a deferral, students must submit a deferral form to the Admissions Office and have submitted their nonrefundable enrollment deposit. If granted, acceptance to NYSID can be deferred only one time, only to the next program start date. No deferrals will be granted once classes begin.